A signing, a look ahead, and many, many thanks

With the signing of sixth-round pick Bear Pascoe, a tight end, to a four-year contract, the 49ers have now gotten four of their seven draft selections under contract.

The only remaining unsigned picks are receiver Michael Crabtree (first round), running back Glen Coffee (third round) and quarterback Nate Davis (fifth round). The 49ers have already signed an earlier fifth-round choice, linebacker Scott McKillop.


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The 49ers took this week off from organized team activities. They are scheduled to return to the practice field Monday and Tuesday. Their mandatory minicamp is set for a week from now, Friday, June 5, through Sunday, June 7.


The 49ers will conclude their OTAs June 8-11 and June 15-16. Mostly rookies and first-year players are expected to take part in the final two days of OTAs. The team’s offseason program will run through June 14 for veterans and June 25 for rookies and first-year players.


Because of arcane league rules, rookies are ineligible to take part in full participation during the offseason program until either they have graduated or their college class has graduated. Two 49ers rookies have felt the impact of that rule. Stanford defensive end Pannel Egboh can join the 49ers on a full-time basis June 11, while Ohio State tackle Alex Boone must wait until June 16.


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I will not be at practice Monday or Tuesday because of memorial services, but I plan to attend the mandatory minicamp next weekend. One piece of advice I received from a friend is to return to normal activity as soon as possible.


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When I turned on my computer just hours after my father’s death to write about him, I did it for cathartic purposes. I held onto what I had written for most of the day Tuesday before deciding it was appropriate to post on my blog.


The response has been unbelievable. Believe me, I read every syllable of every comment – some comments I read three or four times. I also read everything written on Facebook, Twitter, personal email, the cards I’ve already received and a thread devoted to the topic at 49erswebzone.com, too.


My family and I truly appreciate all the thoughts and memories the article evoked. We were moved to tears by many of the poignant comments some of you shared about your own parents.


Here’s another thing my mother told me: “There are a lot of really good people out there who read your stories.”


I could not agree more. Thank you.


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The Ernest L. Maiocco Scholarship Fund has been established through Butte Community Bank, 950 Highway 99W, Corning, CA 96021. The fund will annually provide assistance for a Corning High School baseball player to attend college.


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